Event Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Contact: Clive Matson, 510-654-6495, [email protected]
Poetry Unbound presents passionate wordsmiths on the first Sunday of each month, with a brief open mic, at the Art House Gallery in Berkeley. Produced by Harold Adler and Clive Matson.
Poetry Unbound #35
Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Avenue at Ashby (close to Ashby BART)
Berkeley CA 94705, (510) 472-3170
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 5pm to 8pm, $5 to $10 or any donation
Open reading sign-up at 5pm
Our First Post-Election Reading, hosted by Jayne McPherson
Jennifer S. Cheng
We started this season of Poetry Unbound asking, “What can we take from the sixties as ‘container of the ideal’?” And we’re entering an era where we’re generally in doubt what will happen, on both sides, and more than ever we need the soul-identity of poetry. What is the ideal? From our readers, or anyone, it is unrealistic to expect enlightenment, but poetry is traditionally our forum for exploration of the culture’s deepest concerns. Honest and unflinching – and far-ranging – exploration.
Our readers this December come from highly evolved positions, some with direct political thought, others with obliquely expressed positions, but all with the supremely developed consciousness we hope for in evolved poetry. From the postmodern work of Maxine Chernoff and Jennifer Cheng to the more direct expression lyrics of Ed Coletti and Katherine Hastings, we expect a provocative evening. And that’s what moves me. Seeing our world from varying perspectives will stimulate the review and consideration, in the current confusion, of the stances we can take, moving forward. And move forward we must!
Maxine Chernoff is author of 15 books of poetry and the winner of a 2013 NEA in poetry and 2009 PEN Translation Award and winner of the Carl Sandburg Award; Leap Year Day: New and Selected Poems (1990). She is an editor of the journal New American Writing. She was chair of the SFSU Creative Writing Program for 20 years.
Katherine Hastings is author of Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar (Spuyten Duyvil NYC, August 2016); Nighthawks; and Cloud Fire. Poet laureate emerita of Sonoma County, CA, her work has appeared in The Book of Forms – A Handbook of Poetics (Lewis Putnam Turco, editor), University Press of New England. Hastings is editor of Digging Our Poetic Roots – Poems from Sonoma County, and What Redwoods Know – Poems from California State Parks, published as a fund-raiser for the California State Parks Foundation. She hosts WordTemple on KRCB-FM and curates WordTemple Poetry Series in Sonoma County. https://www.wordtemple.com
Jennifer S. Cheng will read from her first book, HOUSE A (Omnidawn Publishing), selected by Claudia Rankine, Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize. She holds an MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University. The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Kundiman Fellowship, and an Academy of American Poets Award, she lives in San Francisco, where she is a founding editor of Drop Leaf Press.
Ed Coletti is a poet, painter, fiction writer, and chess player who studied under Robert Creeley in San Francisco (1970-71). Ed has had work in The Brooklyn Rail, North American Review, Big Bridge, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Spillway, Lilliput Review, and ZYZZYVA. Coletti’s book, When Hearts Outlive Minds, was released June 2011. Germs, Viruses, and Catechisms was published by Civil Defense Publications (San Francisco) during Winter 2013. The Problem With Breathing, from Edwin E. Smith Publications (Little Rock), was published in June 2015. Apollo Blue’s Harp (and the gods of song) also will be published by Edwin E. Smith in 2016. Internet presence includes his popular blog “No Money In Poetry.” http://edwardcolettispoetryblog.blogspot.com/